My Big News: From Freelance to Full-ON

WNYC's New Tech City
If you had told me 1 year ago today that I would be accepting a full-time job, I would have laughed my head off. I had just completed a Kickstarter campaign and published my multimedia book Camera Ready. I was in the midst of building a “personal brand”. Oh, and I was working on a little radio pilot on the side. Well, that side project took off and I am extremely excited and pleased to share with you the following press release from WNYC on New Tech City’s and my future.  If you were an early listener and supporter- thank you a million times over. If you haven’t listened yet, welcome! Please let us know what you think, and I can’t wait to meet you at one of the many events we are planning for the year to come.

Just one more thing: to those of you working the freelance/entrepreneur thing…keep at it. But if you are given the opportunity to put your innovative ways to work within an organization that you trust, with crazy-talented staff, and visionary bosses, consider it.  There aren’t a lot of organizations out there like that and I feel lucky to have found a good match, even when I wasn’t looking for it. 


Weekly Podcast and Radio Segment Will Expand Into New Digital Programming Concept

( New York , NY – June 11, 2013) — WNYC announced today that Manoush Zomorodi will become managing editor of New Tech City, currently a weekly podcast and segment featured on Morning Edition that explores innovation, creativity, technology and the new economy; how the culture of work and society are changing under the influence of technology; and how New York fits into these themes.

Zomorodi will continue to host New Tech City, which she co-created last fall as a freelancer with WNYC producer Charlie Herman.  The new position is effective July 1.

As managing editor, Zomorodi will oversee a new phase of New Tech City, in which WNYC plans to expand the weekly segment into a new programming concept that will first and foremost be a digital media enterprise with videos, live events and other components that break from traditional radio programming.

“I am thrilled that NewTechCity has connected with listeners and that WNYC sees an opportunity for the project to become an innovative example of the very transformation that we explore in our segments,” said Zomorodi“Understanding how technology is dramatically reshaping New York , and how New York in turn is driving innovation, is vital to understanding our future.  But tech isn’t just about the latest gadget or the start up scene – it’s about how digital age is changing the way we live, work and relate to each other. I am so thrilled to be joining WNYC’s amazing family of storytellers and look forward to growing New Tech City into a bigger tent that can address all of these issues and nuances.”

“Manoush’s ability to dissect and explain the important ways that technology is transforming our lives, and how this transformation relates to the region, has made New Tech City one of the most popular new segments on WNYC,” said Jim Schachter, Vice President for News, WNYC “Now with her new role as managing editor and the expanded content we intend to develop around the brand, we believe New Tech City will continue break new ground not only in how New York’s technology world is covered, but how content is produced and delivered in public media.”

New Tech City launched last fall to explore the tech scene, and innovation more broadly, in the New York City metro region.  Segments on topics as varied as AirBnB, violence in video games, the future of libraries, STEM education and women in technology have built a fast-growing audience for New Tech City in podcasts and on-demand listening, as well as on the air.

A graduate of Georgetown University , Manoush has been a producer, correspondent and presenter for the BBC, an anchor for Thomson Reuters Television, and a consultant to non-profits including the Council on Foreign Relations, Human Rights Watch and the Gates Foundation. She is also the author of Camera Ready: How to Present Your Best Self and Ideas On Air or Online, one of the top-selling journalism books on Amazon.

New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC, WQXR, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, and New Jersey Public Radio, as well as,, and As America ‘ s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City ‘ s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WQXR is New York City ‘s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and Carnegie Hall, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station ‘ s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. New Jersey Public Radio extends WNYC reach and service more deeply into New Jersey . For more information about New York Public Radio, visit


New Tech City
Herman + Shulmister: A typical NTC meeting of the minds

P.S. A humongous thank you to the New Tech City team and contributors thus far:

my co-creator and editor Charlie Herman
producer/reporter Dan Tucker
editor Wayne Shulmister
contributing reporters Ilya Marritz, Stan Alcorn, Tracey SamuelsonAnna Sale, Druke Galen, Reema Khrais, Yasmeen Khan, Eric Molinsky, Mary Harris

and gratitude to EVERYONE at WNYC who has supported and encouraged NTC, especially…
big thinker Collin Campbell

big bosses Jim Schachter and Dean Cappello

and of course, Josh Robin 

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  • Naidre

    Woohoo! Looking forward to all of the interesting content!

  • lethargarian